Psyched for Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes strikes me as an inspired choice for the keynote roastmaster at this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner. Not because it’ll be fun to see how a black lesbian ribs President Obama, but because she’s funny, full-stop. (In fact, I wish she’d get hired to host the Emmys, the Grammys, the Oscars, and every other black-tie gala that cries out for some pompousness-deflating perspective.) It helps that she’s a former DC civil servant who knows the territory. I predict she’ll also prove, as newly-minted citizen Craig Ferguson did at last year’s dinner, that it’s possible to be politically sharp and trenchant without being divisively partisan. (Not to slight Stephen Colbert’s all-time classic turn at the dais a few years back, but the dinner guests’ outrage over his satirical method kicked up a smoke screen that obscured the fact that every unflattering thing he said about both the politicians and the press was true.) Sykes speaks on May 9; set your DVRs for C-Span now. Meanwhile, here’s some Wanda wit to enjoy while you wait.

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